Wednesday, September 29, 2010

American Craft Week at Spectrum

American Craft Week is October 1 - 10.
Here are events happening here at Spectrum that week:

Friday, October 8, from 6pm - 8pm:
Open House featuring Gallery Craft Artists

We will be featuring North Carolina craft artists: Metal artist, Anne Cunningham; bead maker and jewelry designer, Sarah James; painter and textile artist, Kristin Gibson, sculptor, Tripp Gregson and jeweler designers, Star Sosa & Nancy Noel May. Enjoy refreshments and wine while ...checking out all the new creations. Learn what makes the "Art of Craft" so special.

Saturday, October 9, from 10am - 2pm:
Silk Painting Workshop
with Kristin Gibson
This workshop benefits Dreams of Wilmington. Kristin's Textile Design background and love for color make for a winning combination as a visual artist and painter of fabrics. She has kindly agreed to do a workshop to demonstrate her technique on silk. A $5.00 materials fee lets you create your own piece of art to take home. Each participant will complete a 6x6 silk ornament. It will be such fun!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

New, Sparkling and Very Kitchen Friendly!

One of our newest glass artists has sent us the most beautiful collection of oil bottles. They are so gorgeous that I would personally love to have at least three or four. The colors are delectable. Add your favorite oil, be it a rich sesame or an exotic olive oil and you have a great start to an unforgettable meal. These would also make a great hostess gift with or without the addition of your selection of an intriguing oil. Come by the gallery and see these lovely pieces by Dottie Boscamp.


Saturday, September 18, 2010


Enjoy the art of some of your favorite Spectrum artists for three dollars and fifty cents? Yes, our note cards depict some of the great pieces we have here at the gallery by Nancy Noel May, Phil Meade, Kristin Gibson, Jane Faudree, Ann Hair and Eric McRay. Sometimes our cards get lost in the sea of original work, but they are beautiful reproductions in miniature and worthy of notice. It can be fun just to collect them, give an assortment as a gift, or surprise someone with a "handwritten" note, a loving and rare gesture in this day and age of email! I'm sending this one to you, enjoy! Kathleen

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Spectrum Art & Jewelry goes to the dogs.

Sadie Says:

I was lucky enough to be selected by Monty's Home - Pawsitive Prison Partners Program. I learned how to be sociable and obey simple commands. Then I got adopted! Yea, best day of my life! I get to come to work with Mom and play with lots of nice people - I love hearing how cute I am, but Mom tells me to just smile and offer a paw.

Can you help out with your spare change to assist Monty's Home to save more dogs like me? The shelters are full and trying to save as many dogs as possible is very expensive. Vet bills, food, medicine and toys really add up quickly.

My new family at Spectrum Art & Jewelry has offered to give a $10 coupon for every $10 you give to my favorite charity - Monty's Home. You can spend your coupon on anything in the gallery and there is no expiration date.

Please come by to visit me at Spectrum Art & Jewelry. I'm on duty here Monday - Thursday or come anytime to drop off your spare change - some lucky dog will thank you for it.

Please help, XO, Sadie (arf!)

Spectrum Art & Jewelry
1125 - H Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 28405

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Wearable Art

Kristin Gibson has done it again! She has created another smashing piece of art on silk. This one is a larger version of her silk scarfs measuring 20" by 82". Kristin was here last night at our gallery opening. We had fun finding a variety of ways to wear this new piece. Being longer and wider, it can be worn as a shawl, a beautiful neck wrap, and an Obi style sash ( which is showing up as a new fall fashion).
Let us know if you have any other ways to wear Kristin's pieces. We always love to be creative!!


Saturday, September 4, 2010

"All That Glitters...

Is not gold", as the saying goes, and that is true here at Spectrum! Some of what is "glittering" are the brilliant colors of glass salad bowls, cheese plates and butter dishes from Me 2 U. We just received a new shipment of pieces to replenish the ones that have flown out the door. They make wonderful wedding and hostess gifts, not to mention enjoying them on your own table! Their contemporary design and varied color lend themselves to complementing many styles of table ware.

"Wearable Glitter" abounds in many of the new pieces of our STARSONG jewelry collection. Created here at the gallery, using semiprecious gems and pearls, are some fabulous treasures! We love to design pieces that are unique and one of a kind. With Star and Nancy going to the Tucson gem show every year, we have an endless variety of gems to choose from. Need a pair of earrings to match? We'll be glad to a pair for you. Begining at 20 dollars, the STARSONG line is priced well for gift giving, and indulging in a personal treat!



Kathleen Gray

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Arrivals at Spectrum

Ann Hair has brought in several new pieces all in preparation for our next Open House where she is the featured artist. These are all painted in palette knife and are rich with color and lots of paint which makes you want to touch!

Save the date: Friday, September 10 from 6-8:00pm

You won't want to miss the chance to see these paintings face to face as they probably won't stay in the gallery very long. It is also a great opportunity to talk to Ann. She has recently moved back to Wilmington from Raleigh, NC and we are delighted to have her back.

This vibrant piece is "Tulips and Apples" by Ann Hair, oil on canvas, 24"x18".

Nancy Noel May
brought several new pieces; colorful and playful and beautiful. Take a look at this one at right titled: "Watermelon and Sunflowers" which is acrylic on canvas and 10"x8". Click on Nancy Noel May to go to her artist's page to see other new work.

The piece at left is the newest painting by Jane Faudree. This painting is titled "Make a Wish" the first in a new series of abstracts. This luminous painting is acrylic on canvas and is 40"x30".

And last, but absolutely not least, is a dynamite selection of new jewelry by Sheila Stillman. At right is an exquisite Imperial Topaz Pendant. Sheila uses a process called granulation on this 22k gold pendant. Come by the gallery to see some of the other tempting treasures that we now have in Sheila's case.